COVID-19 in Afghanistan (5): Spike in number of Coronavirus cases in the country

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says two new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Kabul.

The spokesman of MoPH Wahidullah Mayar said on late Wednesday that two new positive cases of the Covid-19 were reported in Kabul province during the past 24 hours.

Past 24 hours: 41 other coronavirus cases were also reported in Herat province’s laboratories.

COVID-19 positive cases (Herat and Kabul)

Mr. Mayar cited that 137 samples were tested in Herat Laboratory on Wednesday of which 41 of them were positive.

According to the Ministry of Health, this figure includes 17 women and 24 men, none of whom have an experience of traveling to Iran.

However, 22 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in the country up to Wednesday evening, 12 of which were from Herat, 6 from Kabul, and one each from Farah, Ghazni, Paktika and Baghlan provinces.

Mayar also noted that the number of people infected with the coronavirus in the country had reached 10.

Previously, five people have been recovered, and with another five recovered patients, three from Herat, one from Kandahar and one from Nimroz province, the number of recovered reached to 10.

21,000 Coronavirus Test Kits

The Presidential Palace also announced that President Ashraf Ghani and the head of the World Health Organization, spoke by telephone about the fight against the coronavirus.

During the telephone conversation, Ashraf Ghani described the 11-article policy of the Afghan government to fight the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Wahidullah Mayar told a news conference on Wednesday that out of a total of 2,080 suspected coronavirus samples tested at the Ministry of Public Health’s laboratories, 196 had been diagnosed positively.

Mayar noted that medical aid from the United Arab Emirates, which includes 25,000 Corona virus test kits, arrived in Kabul last night and that medical aid from China was to arrive in the country, including tests kits, sampling and protective equipment and N95 masks.

However, there are currently 239 positive corona cases recorded in the country.

Zackaria Noori contributed reporting.

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